The Podster Casters






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"Extremeanderings" is a newly minted portmanteau used to describe meandering conversations
devoted to the history of the rock band Extreme. It is also the unofficial title of Episode #7 of
the Podster Casters. We begin with the "Cold Opining" segment, where Sycamore Smith bestows
a dubious honor upon Extreme's 1991 mega-hit "More Than Words." From there, Sycamore
and co-host Matt Bullock discuss Extreme's long career, from 80s inception to '08 reunion.
Along the way, there are cameo appearances by some of the usual suspects (namely, The Beatles,
Nirvana, and Van Halen). The show is capped off by a "Gramophone Picnic" segment featuring
the legendary pedal-steel guitarist Speedy West.

Songs included in this episode: "More Than Words" by Extreme; "Intruder" by Van Halen;
"Mutha Don't Wanna Go To School Today" by Extreme; "Paullelujah" by MC Paul Barman;
"Politicalamity," "Seven Sundays," and "Who Cares?" by Extreme; "Marigold" by Nirvana;
"Hip Today" by Extreme; "Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse;
"From Afar," "Fire in the Hole," and "Panama" by Van Halen; "Interface" by
Dramagods/Extreme; "Bicycle Race/Another One Bites the Dust" and "Help"
performed by Extreme; "God Isn't Dead?" by Extreme; "Blue Suede Shoes"
performed by The Beatles; "Cracker Jack" by Speedy West; "Intruder" by Van Halen.

Direct download: Podcast_7.2.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

The Podster Casters are back with Episode 6. In this episode, Matt looks for a new way to buy music; the Podster Casters suffer from Reverb Madness (and they ask you to suffer along with them); Sycamore presents a world before & after the influence of grunge; a couple of errors are corrected in the Overdubs section; and finally, "The Tennessee Plowboy" Eddy Arnold spins at the Gramophone Picnic.

Songs included in this episode: "Intruder" by Van Halen; "Boogie at My Place" by Tappin' Tommy Show; "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (performed by Matt Bullock); "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)," "Get the Funk Out," "Color Me Blind," and "Cynical" by Extreme; "Balls to the Wall" by Accept; "School" by Nirvana; "Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away" by Eddy Arnold; "Intruder" by Van Halen.

Direct download: Podcast_6.3.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

Sycamore Smith and Matt Bullock present a special Christmas stocking-stuffer mini-episode of The Podster Casters. In this episode, Sycamore stands up for a traditional decoration that is woefully under-represented in song; Matt examines the holiday-themed output of the prolific songwriter Johnny Marks; some flubs are addressed and corrected in the "overdubs" segment; and finally, Eddy Duchin's solo piano performance of George Gershwin's "Summertime" is given a spin at the "gramophone picnic."

Songs included in this episode: "Merry Christmas, Everybody" by Slade; "Christmas With The Devil" by Spinal Tap; "Everybody Wants Some" & "Intruder" by Van Halen; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by DMX; "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee; "Summertime" by Eddy Duchin; "Intruder" by Van Halen.

Direct download: PodcastEp5.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

A very merry Episode 4 of the Podster Casters has arrived! To get into the Christmas spirit, Sycamore Smith and Matt Bullock discuss and dissect some of their favorite and least favorite holiday songs. Sycamore introduces Matt to a "Monster Mash" sequel made just for Christmas, and a "Grinch" prequel made just for Halloween. Matt brings in "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by the Crystals, which is pitted against versions by The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen. Shine up your jingle bells, it’s time for the Podster Casters’ Christmas Special!

Cold Opining, "Intruder" by Van Halen, "Fox N.F.L. Theme" by Fox Television, "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice, "Monster's Holiday" by Bobby 'Boris' Picket, "Grinch is Gonna Get You" by the Monster Chorus (from "Halloween is Grinch Night"), "How Many Times" by Max the dog (from "Halloween is Grinch Night"), "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" from the Charlie Brown Xmas soundtrack, "Linus & Lucy" from the Charlie Brown Xmas soundtrack, "Pilgrimage" by R.E.M., "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by The Crystals, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by The Beach Boys, "Circus Theme" by unknown artist, "Run, Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry, "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" by Lazy Larry, "Intruder" by Van Halen
Direct download: The_Podster_Casters_-_Episode_4.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

Episode 3 of the Podster Casters has arrived! Sycamore Smith and Matt Bullock remix "The Gift" by the Velvet Underground in a new edition of Metal Machine Squeeze. Blink 182 becomes the focus of attention in a new segment called "Late Greats." Sycamore explores the effect of hearing a 9-11 song on 10-11, Matt shares his opinion of "The Beatles," and Rusty Howard and the Rhythm Rangers get a spin at the Gramophone Picnic.

In the podcast:

COLD OPINING, "Intruder" by Van Halen, AMERICA THE REBOOT-IFUL, "Silent Night" by Alan Jackson, METAL MACHINE SQUEEZE, "The Gift" by the Velvet Underground, "Ride into the Sun" by the Velvet Underground, "Theme from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" By Ennio Morricone, "Flatbush Flanagan" by Harry James, "Runnin' With the Devil (isolated vocals)" by David Lee Roth, "Headache" by Frank Black, LATE GREATS, "Dumpweed" by Blink 182, "Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles, OVERDUBS, "White Christmas" by The Ventures, GRAMOPHONE PICNIC, "No Help Wanted" by Rusty Howard and the Rhythm Rangers, "Intruder" by Van Halen

Direct download: The_podster_Casters_Episode3.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

It's time for the second Episode of the Podster Casters! Sycamore Smith and Matt Bullock discuss what they look for in a great song about 9/11. Poison goes head-to-head with the Beatles in a battle of the bands. The Podster Casters discuss the value of MP3s and a Meatloaf sandwich during a back-to-back series of "Pitches Ain't Shit." Sycamore Smith gets back into the booth for "Overdubs" to fix his flubs, and "Gramophone Picnic" closes out the show with a song by Carson Robison.

Featured in the podcast: COLD OPINING, "Intruder" by Van Halen, PITCHES AIN'T SHIT PART ONE, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles, PITCHES AIN'T SHIT PART TWO, "Baby I'm-a-Want You" by Bread, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meatloaf, "Baby I'm-a-Want You" by Bread, AMERICA THE BOOTIFUL, "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue" by Toby Keith, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" by Alan Jackson, "The Day (Tribute to 9/11)" by D.C. Project, "September 11" By J. Star, "Satisfied" by J. Live, OVERDUBS, "Ride the Wind" by Poison, GRAMOPHONE PICNIC, "Life Gets Teejus Don't It" by Carson Robison, "Intruder" by Van Halen.

Direct download: Podcast_2.5.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The Podster Casters - Episode 1

Sycamore Smith and Matt Bullock share their opinions about Metallica Lyrics, put the Lou-Reed-less Velvet Underground's "Squeeze" up against the Velvet-Underground-Less Lou Reed album "Metal Machine Music," and use ReverbNation to introduce you to a little known recording artist. Sycamore pitches an idea to Matt about a new M.C. from Kalamazoo, and then they both take their turn in the vocal booth to overdub the podcast for a studio-quality luster. The Gramophone Picnic closes out the show with a song from Ernest Rodgers.

Featured in the podcast:

Cold Opining 
"Intruder" by Van Halen 
Metal Machine Squeeze 
"You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" by The Lovin' Spoonful 
Reverb Madness 
"Strange Brew" by Cream 
Pitches Ain't Shit but Hoes and Tricks 
"U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifa 
"A Hard Days Night (Take 3)" by The Beatles 
Gramophone Picnic 
"Willie the Chimney Sweeper" by Ernest Rodgers

Direct download: The_Podster_Casters_-_Episode_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:07am EDT